Thursday, May 27, 2010

St. Louis Alderman Introduces Bill To Add Gender Identity To Existing Nondiscrimination Law

St. Louis may be on the verge of becoming the next metropolis to add 'gender identity and expression' to its nondiscrimination policy.

Alderman Shane Cohn introduced Board Bill 67 to precisely that on May 21.

St. Louis' City Ordinance 67119 was approved on June 13, 2006 and makes it illegal to discriminate in regard to housing, employment, education, services, public accommodations, and real property transactions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or legal source of income.

Alderman Cohn’s bill would add Gender Identity and Expression, which is defined as an inner sense of being a specific gender, or the expression, intended or unintended, of a gender identity by verbal statement, appearance, or mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual with or without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth.

So those of you in the St. Louis area who support civil rights coverage for trans people, time to get busy. Call your alderperson and ask them to support Board Bill 67.

And yes, Moni's going to help you find out who that person is by clicking on this link.

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